Antonia Moreno, the Orihuela Councillor of Culture, announced that the city will be holding the 1st International Competition for string orchestra on 26 April 2014 at the city’s Teatro Circo. She was accompanied by the director and the president of the Orihuela City Orchestra (OCO), Sixto Herrero and Jorge Ballesta, respectively.
The Department of Culture has agreed to provide the City Orchestra with a grant of 10,000 euros with which to organize the event the objective of which is to strengthen the position of Orihuela in the National and International Music scenes.
The contest will have a first prize of 3,000 euros with 500 euros for each of the three losing finalists. It is understood that all four entries, which will have been previously selected by a jury, will be performed at the Teatro Circo on the final night.
All of the works must be previously unpublished and must fit the theme ‘Orihuela – A Mediterranean Town’.
Herrera said that in addition to the competition in April, the City Orchestra are already preparing their Christmas concert, which will have a rich and varied program.
In February a group from Murcia will be invited to perform with the OCO comprising of with two flautists, a clarinet and a piano. The program will be largely Russian-French progressive music from the Romantic era to the early twentieth century.
Going back to the competition the OCO President Jorge Ballesta, stressed that will be the first of its kind in the region and is likely to attract some of the very best young composers in the country.
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